About Us

Mission statement:

The UC Berkeley Retirement Center serves retirees of UC Berkeley, LBNL and UCOP and is dedicated to helping them live well in retirement.

Our goals:

  • Bring together the skills, intellect and creativity of retirees to solve challenges and create opportunities.
  • Connect staff, faculty and scientists with resources and tools to help with a smooth transition in retirement.
  • Promote activities that nourish the intellectual engagement and well-being of retirees.
  • Raise awareness of retirement tools, programs, services and the accomplishments of retirees.

We are an administrative unit under the Vice Provost for the Faculty. We receive support from and report directly to the Associate Vice Provost For the Faculty Sharon Inkelas. Dr. Inkelas also serves on our Advisory Board.

Cary Sweeney, Director

Cary holds a Master's of Gerontology from Virginia Commonwealth University and has 19+ years of experience in developing and managing programs in geriatrics and gerontology aimed at improving the well-being of older adults. Prior to joining the Retirement Center in 2014, Cary served at UC San Francisco as Project Director of the Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence, and Program Manager of the NorCal Geriatric Education Center, Division of Geriatrics, School of Medicine.

Kris Thornton, Associate Director

Kris has over 25 years experience in education foundation administration, alumni relations and admissions with the Laguna Beach Education Foundation, Dominican University of California and The Alumni Society of The College of William and Mary respectively. She has a passion for education and the programs that support lifelong learning and engagement.

Sigrid Mueller, Emeriti Academy Program Manager

Sigrid has developed and managed academic and educational programs for more than twenty-five years – at Stanford, at Save The Bay, and at other universities and Bay Area non-profits.  Immediately prior to her current position, she was a program director in the Education Department at UCB Extension. 

Sigrid earned an M.A. in German Literature from Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, and a Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language from UCB Extension. 

She serves on the Executive Board of Las Casas—a volunteer-based non-profit that provides English language classes to low-income adults in Oakland.  And, since 2004, has sung with the California Bach Society choir.

Camille Koué, Associate Director effective December 2020

Camille joins the Center on December 2, 2020. 

Francisco Alvarado, Student Associate

Frank joined the team in January 2019.  He is studying Media Studies and Sociology.

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Dominic Moscatello

Dominic joined the team in August 2020. After 26 years as a professional singer, he returned to academic life with an interest in political science, public policy, and a special focus on water issues in California. Dominic is a Junior transfer student.

Natalie Olivares, Student Associate

Natalie joined the Center in February 2020. She is a Theater and Performance Studies major.

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